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Earn Credit for Prior Learning

Capella University values the knowledge you bring to your degree program. Our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program allows you to earn credit when you demonstrate relevant, college-level knowledge gained through:

  • Formal and informal work training
  • Continuing education programs
  • Self-instruction
  • Professional certifications
  • Other learning experiences

Your enrollment counselor can help you determine how your prior learning can save you time and money on your degree. Email us, or call 866.808.8681 for more information.

+ Programs Eligible for Prior Learning Assessments



  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Education (select courses)
  • Health Care Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology


  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Public Administration
  • Human Services
  • Nursing
  • Health Administration


+ PLA Eligibility

PLA is available when the following criteria are met:

  • You are currently enrolled in a program at Capella.
  • You have completed your first course (not always applicable: your enrollment counselor can help clarify this)
  • Both the course and the program you wish to apply PLA credit toward are eligible for PLA and aligned with the requirements of your program.

Your enrollment counselor can help you determine if you are eligible for our Prior Learning Assessment. Email us, or call 1.866.679.9682 to learn more.

View Capella's Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Fees for Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fees are charged to evaluate and award academic credit for the knowledge you've demonstrated. Reference the tuition and fees page in the Capella course catalog for current PLA assessment fees. Residents of Washington may receive credit through our prior learning assessment only in the bachelor's and MBA programs.